Archive | August, 2019

Swan Lake Fire Update – August 31, 2019

Weather: The leading edge of a low pressure system arrived over the area late Friday afternoon bringing much needed rain.  Intermittent light rain and cooler temperatures are expected today with the rain and wind intensifying tomorrow.  Anticipated rain amounts will reduce the burn potential for exposed fine fuels and rapid surface spread. Large fuels and […]

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South Alaska Smoke Outlook 8/31 – 9/1/19

Fire Southcentral Alaska is being impacted by the smoke from wildfires in the surrounding area. A listing of activity for specific fires is available at: https://fire.ak.blm.gov/, AICC Situation Report. Smoke Susitna Valley: Smoke in the area will continue to decrease throughout the day with shifting winds and rain showers. Anchorage Area: Air quality will continue […]

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Swan Lake Fire – Public Information Map – 8.31

8.31.19 – 6:50 am – Swan Lake Fire Good morning, attached is today’s public information map for the Swan Lake Fire. The fire remains at 162,179 acres and is now at 28% containment. Early reports this morning are that some areas of the fire have gotten 1/4″ of rain. While the weather the next couple […]

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Pioneer Peak Hotshot crew members head to the McKinley Fire line in the early morning hours

McKinley Fire Morning Update: 08-31-19

Incident Commander Norm McDonald Fire Information: 907-313-9826  Email: 2019.mckinley@firenet.gov    Web: http://www.akfireinfo.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AK.Forestry/ Acreage: 3,288   Containment: 88%   Personnel: 552  Start Date: 8/17/2019 Rain fell last night, the only measurable rain in the month of August. Unfortunately this rain only cools the ground surface. With such dry conditions, heat exists very deep in the ground which is unaffected by […]

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Live - McKinley Fire Friday Breaking News 88% Containment With Ash Pits Looming Everywhere

Live – McKinley Fire Friday 11pm Breaking News 88% Containment With Ash Pits Looming Everywhere

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: tinyurl.com/McKinleyFireYoutube Live – McKinley Fire Breaking News 88% containment as 552 firefighters continue securing fireline while facing numerous hazards: traffic, ash pits and falling trees. Please slow down and drive carefully through the fire area. Slow, tedious mop up work continues as firefighters search for hot spots and extinguish them. […]

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Caribou Lake Fire containment increases to 85 percent

On the evening of August 30, containment of the Caribou Lake Fire increased to 85 percent. The fire is being managed with a full suppression strategy with a goal of 100 percent containment by September 4, 2019. Crews will continue to hold and improve control lines until it is 100 percent contained. Firefighters will continue […]

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Swan Lake Fire – 8.30.19 – 3:30 pm

Good afternoon! As a reminder, we have a community meeting this evening at the Sterling Community Center tonight at 6:00 pm. We will be sharing the meeting tonight here through Facebook Live. Attached is map that shows the progression of the Swan Lake Fire. A high quality, printable version of this map is available here: […]

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McKinley Fire -Updates on Assistance and Donation Information 8-30-19

The McKinley Fire is receiving questions regarding donations and how to apply for disaster assistance. State Disaster Assistance can be applied for by individuals and families with damaged primary residences or essential personal property. Apply in person at a Disaster Assistance Center on September 4-18, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Locations are yet […]

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Rain moderates fire activity in Bristol Bay region

The first of two weather fronts expected in Southwest Alaska has arrived, bringing rain to the fires burning near King Salmon, Levelock and New Stuyahok. The second wave, forecast for Sunday, is expected to bring even heavier rains to the drought-stricken area. The rains will not produce the season-ending rains needed but should temporarily moderate […]

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Burn closure for Mat-Su and Kenai Peninsula boroughs amended to allow campfires in firefighting camps

An emergency burn closure prohibiting all open burning and the use of charcoal grills in the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs has been amended to allow warming and cooking fires in firefighting camps. The order, which took effect on August 21, was amended to read: “Warming and cooking campfires as defined under 11 AAC 95.412 […]

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